Hilary Knight's Cinderella

Hilary Knight's Cinderella

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by Hilary Knight
     
 

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Hilary Knight imbues the story of Cinderella with characters of the same humor, zest, and personality that have made generations of children and grown-ups fall in love with his most famous creation: Eloise. A pair of pet cats, a blue fairy godmother, and an endearing, if somewhat overweight, Prince Charming are just a few of the delightful details that dance… See more details below

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Hilary Knight imbues the story of Cinderella with characters of the same humor, zest, and personality that have made generations of children and grown-ups fall in love with his most famous creation: Eloise. A pair of pet cats, a blue fairy godmother, and an endearing, if somewhat overweight, Prince Charming are just a few of the delightful details that dance across these pages—right into readers’ hearts—in this thoroughly charming, sometimes surprising, and always original version of the classic fairy tale.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Hilary Knight remains true to the original in his retelling of Cinderella. First published in 1978, his subdued hues and robust, stylized drawings create a once-upon-a-time enchantment. (Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
For those readers who collect classics, this version of Cinderella will be noted for its enchanting artwork. Acclaimed artist Hilary Night brings this story of potential and magic alive in glorious detail. Ornate period costume and architecture make you feel like you've landed in the middle of "once upon a time, long, long, ago." He leaves nothing out, including the detail in the tile work around the baseboards and hearth, scrollwork on hat-boxes, book jackets, invitations, vases and the magical pumpkin carriage. On-looking nature reflects the emotion of each scene. The hearts of the characters are mirrored on their faces—the despair of rejection, the green of jealousy, and the joy of being discovered and loved for your inner qualities. The text is well-written. Especially inviting is the hopeful ending, where Cinderella forgives her stepmother and sisters who also learn to love—all under the watchful eye of the fairy godmother. 2001, Random House, $18.99 and $14.95. Ages 5 up. Reviewer:Leslie Julian
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-This newly illustrated version of a 1981 text follows the bare bones of Charles Perrault's story, but with the addition of a versifying godmother. The pen-and-watercolor pictures show the gravestone of Cinderella's mother by the front doorway and the unpleasant stepsisters constantly bickering. Cinderella looks like a sweet `60s model as she goes about her work, and the prince seems like a pudgy fop. The story ends with the stepsisters forgiven and, if the pictures are any indication, happy to wait hand and foot on the newlyweds. All in all, a workaday version of the popular tale.-Susan Hepler, Burgundy Farm Country Day School, Alexandria, VA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375914225
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
09/25/2001
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
9.26(w) x 9.26(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

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